The adventure of Kenny Perry (USA), a 10-win veteran of the PGA Champions Tour, and his wife suffering from Alzheimer’s suffers from dementia, is thrilling.
The 62-year-old Perry competed in the Invited Celebrity Classic (total prize money of 2 million dollars) held at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas, USA in about a year. In the third round on the 24th, he shot a 1-over par 72 to finish in a tie for 40th place (1 under par).
Although the rankings dropped slightly, Perry’s expression was relaxed as if he were relieved. He was outstanding enough to win 10 times and finish second 10 times in 186 matches on the Champions Tour, which is for those over 50 years old. He is also a player who has accumulated 14 wins on the PGA Tour.
He showed off his outstanding skills and then suddenly disappeared and returned to the competition after a year or so because of Sandy Perry’s Alzheimer’s disease, who has been on good terms as a parakeet for 41 years. The nursing care in the interview before the competition was impressive, as he competed a year after the 2021 season.
“I am a caregiver with a wife suffering from Alzheimer’s,” he said, “at the Senior Open competition two years ago, she was wandering in another 18 holes.” Tour Champions, the final Charles Schwab Cup final in Arizona in November 2021 “At that moment I realized it was time for me to do something else immediately. She’s happy, but unfortunately, she doesn’t remember anything.”
Perry said that while taking a break from touring, she’d looked at every doctor in Nashville, but there was no cure, and her current goal was to slow her dementia. But hopefully one day there will be a cure for Alzheimer’s. Western
Kentucky The couple, who spent their childhood together in 1982, married in 1982. Perry rejoiced in winning moments, toured, had children and now nine grandchildren. I thought it would be good for Sandy to spend her daily life. We are planning to tour together with a simple competition schedule. In the future, Perry
and Sandy will also participate in the Inver City Invitational in Houston and regional events in Birmingham, Alabama. “We go for walks, we go to the park, we go to the mall. We can’t complain about our lives. We have great kids, grandkids. I have to watch and take care of what Sandy does.” 메이저놀이터
“I’m afraid that one day things will get worse than this,” Perry said.
Regarding Perry’s efforts, the recently published book <Even if I can’t remember, I am still me> (published with three wishes, translated by Seong Gi-ok and Yoo Sook-gyeong) has a great significance. The book, subtitled “A First-Person Guide to Living with Alzheimer’s,” is an autobiographical essay about a 51-year-old middle-aged man named Masahiko Sato living alone after being diagnosed with her dementia.
It was published in Japan in 2014 and introduced to Korea in March of this year, about 10 years later. The author recorded his memories and daily life, created the ‘Japanese Dementia Working Group’ and acted as a co-representative, giving lectures all over the country. there is.
Like Japan, Korea is also rushing towards a super-aged society. Dementia is one of the biggest concerns of the older generation as they age. But I have a vague fear. There is a strong perception that dementia is a nuisance and a social burden. However, it is necessary to seek natural coexistence and find a way to live with dementia.
The detailed record of the author’s life after the onset of dementia introduced in this book shows the importance of active coping and efforts to leave dementia and not miss respect and hope for one’s life. Great healing begins just by trying to maintain an unchanging daily life as much as possible while receiving help from those around you.